Mariners Minor League Players of the Week: 7/19

A newly promoted former first rounder and a left-handed pitching prospect from the University of Creighton are this week's winners. They both did their thing for the same affiliate - can you name them?

InsidethePark.com's Position Player of the Week


Adam Jones, SS – San Antonio
Jones was promoted to Double-A June 22 and has adjusted nicely at the plate in his 24 games with the Missions. The 19-year-old collected 10 hits in 23 at-bats last week for a .435 average, enjoying his finest week with his new club. The right-handed hitting shortstop hit his second home run with San Antonio, drove in three and posted a four-hit effort on July 15 versus Springfield.

For the season, Jones is hitting .306 in 92 games split between Inland Empire and San Antonio. More impressively, Jones sports a .492 slugging percentage and .380 on-base percentage.


Honorable Mention

Casey Craig, OF - Everett
Craig went 10-for-26 at the plate last week, driving in five on the strength of two home runs, two doubles and a triple. Craig scored four times and gathered four multi-hit games as he remains in the Sox leadoff spot. The 20-year-old is hitting .358 with four home runs and 14 RBI on the year. Craig also has 12 steals to lead the AquaSox.

Jeff Flaig, 1B - Everett
Flaig made the most of his 25 at-bats this past week, collecting 11 hits (.440), five for extra bases. The 20-year-old Flaig hit his second home run of the year, scored nine times and smacked four doubles as he raised his season average to .333 on the season. Flaig had four hits on July 17, his first four-hit effort of his young career.

T.J. Bohn, OF – San Antonio
Bohn had another strong week and is climbing the charts of the weekly prospect power rankings. The 25-year-old's seven hits in 22 at-bats (.318) yielded three home runs, two doubles and six RBI. The 6-foot-4 outfielder is hitting .312 on the year with 37 extra-base hits and 25 steals.


InsidethePark.com's Pitcher of the Week


Thomas Oldham, LHP – San Antonio
Oldham, 23, made two appearances, one in relief and one as a starter. The southpaw followed Rafael Soriano's one-inning stint on July 12 versus Arkansas with seven strong innings of his own. Oldham picked up a no-decision in the Missions' 2-1 win and allowed just one earned run on five hits.

Five days later, Oldham made the start versus Springfield and went seven more quality frames. The M's 8th rounder in the 2003 draft scattered seven hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out eight batters for his eighth win of the year. For the season, Oldham is 8-5 with a 3.44 ERA, which ranks ninth in the Texas League.


Honorable Mention

Jeff Harris, RHP - Tacoma
Harris just plugs along without any fanfare or extra attention – but maybe he shouldn't be doing this under the radar. With another six-inning masterpiece on July 17, Harris lowered his ERA with the Rainiers to 3.24 and though he received a no-decision in the Tacoma loss, the 31-year-old is 9-1 this season, combined between Double and Triple-A. Harris allowed just three hits on Tuesday, striking out five in his six scoreless innings.

Ryan Feierabend, LHP – Inland Empire
Feierabend might be turning a corner with two straight strong outings. In his past two starts prior to this past week, the 19-year-old allowed three runs on12 hits in 12.2 innings. The left-hander struck out 13 and walked just four. In his most recent start, the 6-foot-3 southpaw scattered eight hits versus San Jose, allowing an earned run while striking out seven without issuing a walk. Feierabend's numbers are starting look more respectable after a slow start; 4-5, 4.28 ERA, 84 K in 94.2 innings.

Justin Thomas, LHP - Everett
Thomas went six shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out four versus Vancouver on July 15. The 21-year-old is 1-2 on the season, sporting a 2.92 ERA in six games in the Northwest League.


Notables:

  • Brent Johnson hit .375 (9-for-24) last week, including three multi-hit games. Johnson has been hot of late and is earning more playing time since Sebastien Boucher was promoted to the California League.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera can flat out play the game of baseball. The 19-year-old went 6-for-19 last week with two doubles and three RBI. Cabrera is on the fast track – right on the heels of Adam Jones.
  • 2004 draftee Bryan Sabatella has had three straight strong weeks and went 8-for-22 last week to get his average up to .288. The 20-year-old collected a double, a triple and a homer as he drove in four for Everett this past week.
  • Jamal Strong extended his on-base streak to 48 games on Tuesday and went 7-for-20 (.350) for the week.
  • Yuniesky Betancourt continues to surprise at the plate, going 6-for-18 (.333) lastw eek, including a double, a triple and four RBI. Betancourt has consistently kept his batting average above .280 and is hitting .290 through July 18.
  • Jeffrey Dominguez returned to Peoria from a short stint with Tacoma and lit himself on fire. Or should I say – en fuego. Dominguez went 7-for-17 as he hit in all four games he played. The 18-year-old shortstop stole two bases and scored three times.
  • Stephen Grasley kept up his fine season with a 3.1 innings stint where he right-hander allowed just one hit. Grasley struck out six and walked three to move to 7-0 on the season – with a 3.29 ERA in 29 games.
  • George Sherrill made two rehab appearances, striking out three in three perfect innings for Peoria. The left-hander is on his way back – to the big leagues, not Tacoma. Not long after the 28-year-old re-establishes himself in Triple-A, Sherrill is headed to Safeco.
  • Clint Nageotte went four more shutout innings last week, striking out five without issuing a walk. Nageotte sports a 0.73 ERA in his first three weeks of action.
  • Jon Lockwood was promoted to Wisconsin last week and picked up right where he left off in Everett. Two more appearances, two more innings, more shutout baseball – including three more strikeouts.


  • Jason A Churchill is the Executive Editor at InsidethePark.com and can be reached via e-mail at JasonAChurchill@InsideThePark.com

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